Calli Cain, Ph.D.

Calli Cain, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
School of Criminology and Criminal Justice

Florida Atlantic University
777 Glades Road
Boca Raton, FL 33431

Dr. Calli M. Cain joined Florida Atlantic University as an Assistant Professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice in 2018. Her primary research interests include human trafficking, child maltreatment, victimization, juvenile delinquency, corrections, and public opinion of criminal justice policy. Before getting her doctorate, Dr. Cain worked in a foster home for youth with extreme victimization, trauma, mental health, substance abuse and delinquency problems. She also worked for a statewide non-profit organization in Nebraska as a human trafficking educator and lobbied to get Nebraska to pass a bill against human trafficking.

Additionally, Dr. Cain spent time abroad in Cambodia and Uganda volunteering with local non-profits that were combating human trafficking. She pursued her Ph.D. after realizing how few resources were available to help victims of human trafficking and how little the general public knew about this human rights issue.  Since joining Florida Atlantic University, Dr. Cain has become an active member of the Palm Beach County Human Trafficking Task Force, the Broward Human Trafficking Coalition, the Women’s Fund of Miami/Dade and works with several local criminal justice, social service, and non-profit agencies on the issue of human trafficking and victimization.

Dr. Cain developed face-to-face and online courses on human trafficking for undergraduate and graduate students at Florida Atlantic University. She actively mentors and supports students impassioned about human trafficking and seeks other opportunities for community engagement and awareness of the devastation and consequences of human trafficking. Dr. Cain has published 8 scholarly journal articles, 4 book chapters, 2 white papers for the National Institute of Justice and 4 technical reports. Her work appeared in top journals in the field, including Violence & Victims, Journal of Quantitative Criminology, Criminal Justice & Behavior, Journal of Criminal Justice, and Criminal Justice Policy Review.